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Ueno finishes Fukushima in one

By Joe Koizumi

It was a final show at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, this year, featuring five ex-world challengers’ appearance. Astoundingly ex-WBC 122-pound challenger who lost to Oscar Larios in 2002, Manabu Fukushima (35-10-4, 19 KOs), 126, was badly knocked out by a single devastating left hook of JBC#8 feather Noriyuki Ueno (11-9-4, 4 KOs), 125.75, at 1:52 of the opening session in a scheduled eight. Fukushima, former national and OPBF ruler, made a good start, but took the haymaker and hit the deck with a thud to be unable to beat the count.
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Former two-time world challenger, 34-year-old southpaw veteran Hidenobu Honda (32-7, 14 KOs), 118, floored also ex-WBA 115-pound challenger Konosuke Tomiyama (19-3, 6 KOs), 117.75, with a Pacquiao right hook in the second, winning an upset decision (59-55 twice and 58-56) over six. Honda displayed Pernell Whitaker tactics and kept countering the much younger willing mixer with precision.
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The main event was the very last at the Hall this year, but it must be the dullest and dirtiest fight of the year. Ex-national flyweight ruler Kenji Yoshida (16-9, 5 KOs), 114.75, and ex-WBC 115-pound challenger losing to Cristian Mijares, Teppei Kikui (23-8, 4 KOs), 115, repeated clinching, holding, headbutting and hitting with open blows with the former awarded a close but unanimous nod (77-76, 77-75 and 78-75) over eight. It was an intolerable burden to endure watching such a lousy bout until the end.
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Promoter: Watanabe Promotions.




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